VICKSBURG — Barbara Ann (Hargett) Neal passed away at her home Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at the age of 83. Her son, Emmett, was at her side holding her hand as she departed. She had been ill for almost two years and had been cared for by her daughter, Jeanne, and Jeanne’s husband, Jay Kent.
Barbara was born and raised on a farm outside Charleston. She was taught by her parents to live a Godly life focused on caring for others, working hard and being honest in all things. She excelled as both a wife and mother by putting her best efforts into caring for her husband and children. When her children were young she would read them a bedtime story and some scripture each night and then say their prayers with them. Because of the love she had for her husband and children they experienced the comfort that comes from knowing you are loved completely and unconditionally. Later, her grandchildren, all of whom referred to her as “Mimi”, also felt the same comfort and love from her.
Barbara, who was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg, was preceded in death by her husband Gene Neal, parents Condry and Margie Hargett, brother Billy Hargett, sister Jeanne Hargett Cole and niece Jackie Neal Drew (George).
She is survived by her son, Emmett R. Neal, of Nashville, TN; her daughter, Jeanne Neal Kent, of Albany, LA; grandchildren Ashley Neal McClemore (Cory), of Norfolk, VA, Wil Harbour, of Flowood, McKenzie Neal, of Murray, KY, Chynna Neal, of Nashville, TN, Emmett H. Neal II, of Nashville, TN, Margaret Kent, of Albany, LA and Ryder Neal, of Nashville, TN; in-laws, Allen and Jewell (Bean) Neal, of Delhi, LA, Jackie Neal, of Flowood, G.L. Cole Sr., of Greenville, and Linda (Dare) Hargett, of Mountain Home, AR; nephews, Allen Neal Jr. (Jackie), of West Monroe, LA, Billy Hargett Jr., of Conway, AR, G.L. Cole Jr. (Cindy), of Marks, Chris Cole (Kimberly), of Greenville, and Stephen Hargett (Kim), of Mountain Home, AR; nieces Carla Neal Edwards (Andy), of Hattiesburg, MS, Cindy Cole Davis (Lawson), of Greenville, MS, Cindy Neal Crevitt (Marty), of Vicksburg, MS, Allyson Neal Harris (Scott), of Monroe, LA, and Susie Neal Fallin (Jesse), of Dunn, LA; and many cousins and friends.
Services for Barbara will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Fisher–Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Ave., Vicksburg. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a memorial service in the chapel at Fisher–Riles Funeral Home, with Rev. Tim Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery, located at 191 HWY 80, Vicksburg, MS.
Pallbearers will be Barbara’s grandson Wil Harbour of Flowood, MS, granddaughter, Chynna Neal, of Nashville, TN, son-in-law, Cory McClemore, of Norfolk, VA, nephews, G.L. Cole Jr., of Marks, MS, Chris Cole, of Greenville, MS, and Stephen Hargett, of Mountain Home, AR.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Allen Neal Sr., of Delhi, LA, Jackie Neal, of Flowood, MS, G.L. Cole, of Greenville, MS, Dr. Yoshinobu Namahira, MD, of Vicksburg, MS and Richard Moro, of Katy, TX.